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Historic Schooner Adventuress arrives at Port of Everett Marina; Open Houses available Friday & Saturday

Post Date:06/01/2006

Everett, Wash. -The Port of Everett Marina will be hosting the historic schooner Adventuress from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4.

The Adventuress, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 1989, will be open to visitors during two open houses. The 101' wooden sailing ship, which carries more than 3,500 passengers each year on voyages throughout the Puget Sound, will be open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. There is no charge. Guests are welcome to tour the vessel and learn about the programs that are offered onboard.

On Saturday and Sunday, the vessel will be underway with scheduled programs for local school and Scout groups, and will also be used for a fundraiser with KSER radio.

The Adventuress is owned and operated by the nonprofit organization Sound Experience, whose mission is to protect the marine environment of Puget Sound through public stewardship and education. One-day and overnight programs for youth and adults are offered from May through September. Program dates and descriptions are available at the Sound Experience website.

The marina is located at 1720 West Marine Drive. For directions to the vessel, contact the Port's Marina office at 425-259-6001 or go to the Sound Experience website.

History of the Adventuress

Built in 1913 in East Boothbay, Maine, Adventuress was sailed to the Arctic on an expedition to bring back a whale specimen for the American Museum of Natural History.

After the owner discovered that the yacht was not well suited to the endeavor, he sold her to the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association who operated her until 1951 off the Golden Gate. She eventually made her way to Seattle, thanks to Doc Freeman, founder of the marine supply store that carried his name. After several more owners, the vessel was purchased by Ernestine Bennett in 1974. Under Mrs. Bennett's care, the schooner's restoration had begun, and the Youth Adventure program flourished. In 1989, the helm was turned over to Sound Experience.

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